Path to Awakening – Finding the Fields to Cultivate Peace
- Location : Buddhist Library
- Start Date and Time : 30/05/2017 07:00 pm
- Finish Date and Time : 30/05/2017 09:00 pm
- Event Speaker : Venerable Chang Xu
- Enquiries or Contact : email@example.com 02 9519 6054
- Organising Entity : Buddhist Library
A Mind at Peace, A Life at Peace
A peaceful mind and body give rise to wisdom while cultivating peaceful actions extends our compassion to all.
What is the most important aspect in the fields of cultivating peace?
Is it possible to have a stable and at ease mind?
How does wisdom arise from this cultivation?
We welcome you to join us on this session to learn the life important skills with Venerable Chang Xu from Dharma Drum Mountains Sydney.
Venerable Changxu came to Australia as a 14 years old boat refugee. At this tender age, he witnessed immense suffering in Vietnam during and after the Vietnam war and experienced close encounters with death while travelling on an overcrowded 12 metre x 2 metre boat, along with over a hundred refugees. The journey was tough and they survived with no food and were only allocated a single bottle cap of water each day. Unfortunately, not everyone made it ashore.
When he finally arrived, he told himself, “I have escaped! I am free! From now on, I will control my own life.”
After receiving education in Australia, he began climbing the corporate ladder. Within six months, he joined the Asia Pacific team and was seconded to Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. He firmly believed that this success was due to his own ability, hard work and intelligence, until his mother became ill in 2003. Changxu Fashi returned to take care of his ailing mother and at this point, beside his mother’s sick bed, he realised that there was absolutely nothing he could do to comfort his beloved mother from the suffering of sickness and dying. No one can control life or death. Six months later, she passed away.
Changxu Fashi attended the following 7-day Awakening Camp at DDM Taiwan in search of an answer. After returning home, he looked around at all his material belongings and came to realise, according to his words, “I’ve never really lived”. This insight led him to make a vow to join the monastic order.
All Sessions by Dana.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The teachings flourish in an atmosphere of generosity and gratitude, and these qualities in turn support the growth of wisdom and compassion in the practitioner. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a specified fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course (e.g., administrative & venue costs).